Recent Reads

I realized I’ve been a bit of a slacker when it comes to book reviews lately.  Here’s a brief synopsis of a few I read yet skipped reviews for:

ShatterMe  Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – I almost didn’t read this book after I picked it up from the library. I’ve kind of had my fill of the dystopian genre lately. But I had to have a physical book to take with the to the hospital, not my iPad, with the current book I was reading, so I grabbed this one figuring it would be an easy read.

It was. But it was better than I expected. The prose in this book was fabulous. I loved the word pictures that the author paints. The chemistry between the two main characters is palatable, it’s done so well. The whole premise was interesting, and not too political, although I definitely see the setup for the second book to be more revolutionary.

The end was completely unexpected and cool. 4 of 5 stars.


Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – Wow. Just wow.

I don’t even know how to write a review for this without giving away spoilers. So I’ll just say that about half-way through this book I was flabbergasted by the plot twist.

Not a huge fan of potty-mouths in books. I feel like it’s a cop-out for more descriptive word choices.

Other than that, I loved it. Even the whole clichéd love triangle. I love it when an author makes me sympathetic toward a villain.  4 of 5 stars.

UnravelMe Unravel Me by Tahera Mafi – Not my favorite of the series.  I felt like the author did a lot of backtracking and re-explaining things in new light to make certain characters more likeable.  And I’m all for the heroine “finding herself” but where she ends up in this book seems to me a little ridiculous.

Kenji is my favorite.  3.5 of 5 stars.



Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater – I read this because I’ve really enjoyed other books by this author and learned this was her first.  It was okay.  Nothing fabulous, but not bad either.  Probably won’t read the sequel. 3.5 of 5 stars.

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